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UK HealthCare announces plans for new Lexington hospital

UK HealthCare announces plans for new Lexington hospital
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 11:30 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK HealthCare has announced plans to build another hospital in Lexington.

UK HealthCare announced Friday morning plans to enter a purchase agreement to initially acquire about 27 acres of property for approximately $20.3 million in the Hamburg development along I-75.

We’re told the location is where Meadowcrest Mansion used to be, off Winchester Road near Polo Club Blvd.

The property is anticipated to be a future home for a medical campus that could include a regional hospital facility, a medical office building and/or other clinical facilities.

As part of its 2025 strategic plan, UK HealthCare says they are focusing on providing more health care access to Kentuckians and ensuring that access is more conveniently located for patients.

“In 1952, UK’s Albert B. Chandler Medical Center first opened its doors, beginning a new era of health care in Kentucky,” said Mark F. Newman, M.D., UK executive vice president for health affairs. “As we celebrate our 60th anniversary by honoring those who came before us, we are also looking to the future. We recognize the need to make health care more geographically accessible for our patients in Lexington as well as across central and eastern Kentucky. Not only will this location be more convenient for many of our patients, it will support our continued growth in outpatient services and create more capacity for essential clinical programs.”

The proposed community medical campus will provide acute care services to complement UK HealthCare’s main medical center facilities, UK Chandler Hospital and UK Kentucky Clinic.

We asked Dr. Newman about their plans to staff the campus, given widespread nursing shortages across the country.

“We’re working hard both with our healthcare colleges and BCTC to push for additional people coming into the field and pull people back into the field that have gone into other directions because that is an issue for us,” Dr. Newman said.

A spokesperson for Baptist Health Lexington, which is in the process of building a new hospital in the same area, released this statement about UK HealthCare’s announcement:

“We were the first to recognize that locating in Hamburg would best serve our growing number of patients who live and work in that area of our Commonwealth. We are not surprised that someone would follow our lead, and we are excited to open our new emergency room, outpatient surgery center, cancer center, and physician office buildings in the spring of 2024. As our patients drive by 2000 Polo Club Boulevard and see the site and the buildings going up  they continually express their gratitude to us as they anticipate  receiving the quality,  compassionate care they are used to closer to home.”

UK HealthCare officials say the need for more facilities is high.

“As baby boomers get older, we’re going to need, we’re going to have a demand for services that is going to outstrip our capacity,” said Dr. Newman.

Dr. Newman says he expects the first phase of the project to be completed in the next two to two and a half years. We’re told a new hospital could then be added to the campus.

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